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The California Gold Rush


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The California Gold Rush - As seen on public television

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Narrated by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow
Previously viewed on public television
From a 4-time Emmy-winning producer
Features frontier women, winners and losers, the birth of San Francisco, and more

Product Description
The American Dream
Gold come and get it. The California frontier called to thousands of young American men who were hungry to be their own boss, to make a quick fortune instead of toiling away for years for someone else. Men left their wives and children, farmers walked away from fields, soldiers abandoned posts and merchants deserted shops to head west for California gold.

But just getting there was a test of endurance that involved either sitting on a disease- and pest-infested ship for up to six months with little-to-no food and water, or walking 2,000 miles along the treacherous Oregon-California Trail. Visions of rivers filled with gold kept them going.

A World Event
Turns out the American dream appealed to people from around the world hopeful men and women arrived in San Francisco from China, Chile, Ireland, France, Turkey and many other nations. The California frontier was packed with young, adventurous miners and entrepreneurs, who depended on them. Everyone quickly got a lesson in supply and demand.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Topics Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00478IT9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kelly m thomas on December 26, 2013
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This video does an excellent job of explaining the California gold rush and all the ways that human behavior changed and how California itself changed thanks to the goldrush. Excellent educational info here, perfect for all ages.
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My husband and I really like the quality and price of this product and will purchase again from this vendor. Thank you.
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This is a good telling of the gold rush. A little grown-up for fourth graders, but most of them get the gist.
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By Doc D on October 18, 2014
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A very interesting look at the Gold Rush....a story about people.
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